- HOLM ISLES, in the county of Orkney. Holm is a name by which several islands of the Orkney group are known, with, in most cases, a distinctive affix. Of these, one simply called Holm is in the parish of Westray, and lies on the east side of Papa-Westray. Holm of Grimbister, in the parish of Firth, is situated in a creek, east of Pomona, and a very short distance from its shore. Holm of Howton belongs to Orphir parish, and is south of the main land, in Scalpa Flow; its scanty herbage feeds a few sheep. Holm of Huip, in the parish of Stronsay, lies north of the island of that name, and is appropriated to the pasturage of sheep and cattle. Holm of Pharay, in the parish of Eday, is situated in Westray Frith, and north-west of Eday, and forms a northern point of Fersness bay. All these isles are of very small extent, and uninhabited. Holm of Midgarth, in the parish of St. Peter, Stronsay, is also of moderate extent; but it has two dwellings, and six persons at present reside upon it.
A Topographical dictionary of Scotland. Samuel Lewis. 1856.
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